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The Man Who Cheated Himself

Published 1951

"Tough cop helps his lover cover up the shooting of her wealthy husband. Mainstream noir, primarily distinguished by its acting and San Francisco visuals." - noir expert Spencer Selby

Cast: Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, Jane Wyatt, Lisa Howard. 81 min.

Producer Felix E. Feist
Audio/Visual sound, Black & White


Reviewer: barticle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2014
Subject: Just a good movie
This is an entertaining, well made movie, well paced, good direction. Great San Francisco scenes of the '50s. (Every street corner in SF has a wonderful view!) I'd have to say the plot was implausible, but then the story lines of most noir films are equally or more so. Ever watch "Detour" or "DOA?" The film has a few flaws, but rates at least a four.
Reviewer: Weehrs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2014
Subject: Oh Love
Once again you should go to the Police, Oh, wait, I am the Police !!
Reviewer: Kodachrome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2012
Subject: What can I add to the previous reviews?
5 stars.
Reviewer: shovelhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2012
Neat, neat, neat little crime drama! I think some viewers missed the point. The husband was obviously planning to murder Jane Wyatt. When she pre-empted him, Cobb stepped into the domestic quarrel but all he did was help her cover up a manslaughter beef. That would cost him his pension but won't get him close to the green room. She, of course, will beat the rap. The power in the film is the simple clean way all the lines in the story are played out with minimum melodrama. Sucked me in from the beginning and stayed one step in front all the way. Thanks for this one.
Reviewer: tvsgael2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2012
The five stars are tri-facto in nature. One, for the movie, two for the quality of the download, and three for providing alternative downloads for people. I love these high GB downloads because I know I’m getting the best possible quality from the source. With Free Download Manager, they are a snap to download, and compression technology programs like Windows DVD maker also love them because they operate on total minutes, not total GB, so a person can make a 5 GB, 90 minute movie, and have it look exactly like the original download using around 2 GB total disc space on a DVD. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and low megabyte downloads with other movies are sow’s ears. This is a silk purse download. People who complain about these high megabyte downloads just DON’T GET IT. This is the first review I’ve written, I am so impressed with your download. So a big THANK YOU for making this great movie available!
Reviewer: JesusBuddy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2011
Subject: The Man Who Cheated Himself
Simply great movie. This is the way movies should be be--highly educative and seriously forces one to consider TRUTH and to flee lying and deception all the time. Futhermore, it lets us know that wrong/evil always loses in the long or short-run. If money or woman does not kill/destroy a man, then nothing will. This is the kind of films that people of all generations need to use to train their children, etc.
Reviewer: AnnSmithy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2011
Subject: The cover up that couldn't be fixed
This noir film grasped my attention to the end, I didn't make it all the way through on Cherade, Carey Grant and Audrey Hepburn reviews were all a 5 but it didnt hold me like this B film from San Francisco which was delightful at first with a guy leaving his wife telling her to take him out of her will because it might irk her on her pink cloud when she leaves this world if he was left anything and thanking her for not closing his checking account out so he had enough to buy a ticket to fly away from life withher and her rich house that he slept in. But, really, even though he convinsed me that she was the problem and started to route for her and the man she leaped to for her affection, But it was doomed and couldn't be a great love affair because they had to much to worry about especially being seen together. Why did the cop bother? Because to many prefer more than just pink. And the antaganist and protaganist were both working hard at hiding the truth and the other and getting to it. The brother put off his marriage and time with his love to get to the killer, the poor innocent guy turned false accuser to protect this fresh widow. The finest performance was from the guy who was getting framed. I like this one, the good guy was the new detective, but he bothered me like he did the star of the show.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2011
Subject: 3 movies here
Maybe it's just me, but I seem to have found 3 separate movies in this single listing. The man who cheated himself, the stranger and another I can’t remember off hand.. Strange..
All 3 excellent movies though.
Second time around I don't know why anyone just uploaded a full DVD version with this one, To late for Tears and The Stranger, but they did..
If i hadn't seen the others before I would sit through them all..
Anyways, good flick, but the woman.. Man she was annoying.. She reminds me of my niece..Money and everything is ME ME ME! What a drama queen to the max. She married into money and acts like she just had a stroke of brilliance and earned it laying on her back. Same type though..
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2010
Subject: nice watch
good one
Reviewer: lauraalittle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2010
Subject: Great Piece of Film Noir
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Parts of the setting, particularly the climax, brought to mind "Vertigo", one of my all-time favorites. For me, Jane Wyatt as the wealthy femme fatale is completely credible as a sort of Barbara Hutton, only the fictional heiress is attracted to bad boys rather than play boys. Loved the ending. From beginning to end, this movie is pure Jack Warner.
Reviewer: keygrip - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2009
Subject: Well worth a look
This is a very watchable little thriller with top drawer actor Lee J.Cobb, as usual, giving full value for money.John Dall was more effective playing characters with psychological problems as in Rope and Gun Crazy.
Reviewer: noirfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2009
Subject: John Dall --- underrated actor
I thought he was one perfect note in this film; he made a lot out of his supporting role. He was a very talened actor who didn't get the leading man roles he deserved after his Oscar-nominated performance in "Rope." He should have gone up from there, but I see that he became a TV actor and died tragically of a punctured lung at age 52. He was sexy, handsome, and smart.

I usually like Lee J. Cobb a lot, but I didn't see much character development here. He wasn't torn the way he should have been going over to the dark side like that. And Jane Wyatt? Where is the smoldering seductress who can lure a good cop to break the law and give up his career and lie to his brother? I didn't see anything smoldering there; nothing hotter than a grilled cheese sandwich. No sex, no power, no physicality. I saw a petulant, fussy little bridge-player. Which might have been okay if she were a great beauty. When you think of the kind of noir heroine who can corrupt a good professional, think of Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity. Jane? Uh-uh. Miscast. Still, it was a really good movie. I don't mind the crackling; somehow that adds to the effect....
Reviewer: Fireball Steve Zodiac - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2009
Subject: Things to watch out for.
How tough can you get? When they interrogate Nito, listen for the exchange, "Nito relax have a cigarette", and Lee hands out his pack to him, Nito replies, "No thanks, I have my own." Then Nito reaches into his pocket to fetch his pack and comes up empty and tosses his pack aside, Lee throws his pack on the table, Nito picks it up and has one of Lee's after all. Eating crow? No, it's like sharing your soda with a buddy and not wiping it off first, gutsy, and yeh we smoke cigarettes, even if it crosses lines that shouldn't be crossed, defiant and proud of it. Then watch the character played by an inanimate object, the scarf. It certainly looks as if it is going to give them away by the way it finds itself airborn at just the right moment. And this moment lingers suspensefully, and you're blind sided by the ending which comes suddenly. And then in the denouement, the exchange between Cobb and Wyatt as she says "light me a cigarette darling" to her apparently new boyfriend as they waltz up in a cavalier nonchalant, haven't a care in the world kind of way. Cobb is so tough he can smile at himself, that she was so shallow he fell for her nonetheless. The irony settles in with him as he meets his fate with understanding. Jane Wyatt doesn't play a fem fatale here as indicated in previous reviews but I can understand how you might expect that stance given the film type. She plays a self interested aristocrat who can buy her way confidently out of any situation, which is why at the end with her new boyfriend, presumably her attorney who has just posted her bail and gotten her out of jail in moments of her getting there as Cobb is being waltzed in, she isn't fatalistic at all, she struts it like she owns it, which is why instead of her turning to her new boyfriend to have him light the cigarette for her, she turns to Cobb who has deftly interupted the new boyfriend with his gesture to offer a cig to her, and she looks at him like she still owns him and knows it and is proud to see him show his utter servilitude to her. Which brings us to the question being begged, did Cobb turn away understanding he was fooled by her and wouldn't do it again, or if he had the chance would he do it all over for her and be sucker punched again? A great well played movie. I noticed as I watched that I was rooting for him to get away with it until his brother figured out the lie. Perhaps I too was suckered by Wyatt's portrayal into thinking that maybe they were right for each other and they were only out to seek happiness with each other. Man did that get popped. She's a sleazy, rich, *****.
Reviewer: sandmann - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2009
Subject: Pretty Good but...
Jane Wyman was awful. It nearly ruins the film. She was good at her one note, but it's obvious she has only a one octive range. Lee J. Cobb is great though.
Reviewer: epaesano - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2008
Subject: wonderful
this is art , wonderful film , great acting . to those who a have problems with the quality of sound and picture , please take art as it s offered to you. do not criticize unless you can upload a better quality video
Reviewer: slugs and urchins - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2008
Subject: crooked cops! nothing new there...
Lee J. Cobb is very good and Jane Wyatt is cast out of character, even so this one was good and the only thing you have to suspend is the belief that the brother would actually turn in the guy. Yeah, right...

of course with a little extra dough they all will live happily ever after! Just ask the judge how much he costs!
Reviewer: flickfdude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2008
Subject: very noisy
The sound on this playing it on my computer was so bad I was insulted watching it. I suspected the story and acting was good, but who could stand all that static.
The braodband stream had no sound at all.
I copied it as is to a DVD data disc and played it on my DVD player that plays many formats. (they are not expensive now a day if you know what to buy) and it played real fine on my big screen, with much less static. I changed my rating to 4
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2008
Subject: A good one
This is a well made noir film. There's good acting and pacing. Jane Wyatt is unconvincing as a femme fatale, though. Good use of the San Francisco area made viewing enjoyable. The story seems doubtful, though.

I downloaded the MPEG-2, hoping to burn it as a DVD, but the print from which the file was made was in poor condition. There's lots of hiss in the audio, scratches and dirt throughout the video as well as missing frames, with one scene fairly garbled.
Reviewer: jazzfan - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2008
Subject: Very decent movie
I own a couple of copies and I never downloaded this here. This movie is fun to watch. What a guy won't do for a woman! Great location shots, cars, and pretty women make this flick enjoyable.
Reviewer: bearpuf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2008
Subject: Quality Performance by Cobb
I haven't seen too many movies of Lee J. Cobb, but those I have always showed stellar performances by him. This one is no exception. By underpeforming he creates a cool persona that the viewer thinks can handle and overcome whatever comes his way.
The title, though, says it all. And all these years I thought Jane Wyatt was a great wife to Robert Young, and a perfect mother to Mr. Spock. She's hardly so nice here.
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